What do I need to bring with me?
Make sure you bring your physical therapy prescription (provided to you by your doctor) and your payment information. If your insurance is covering the cost of physical therapy, bring your insurance card. If you are covered by Workers’ Compensation, bring your claim number and your case manager’s contact information. If you are being covered by auto insurance or an attorney lien, make sure you bring this information.
How many visits will I need?
This is highly variable. You may need one visit or you may need months of care. It depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, etc. You will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and when you see your doctor, we will provide you with a progress report with our recommendations.
Is physical therapy painful?
For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement often provides pain relief as well. Your physical therapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.
In some cases, physical therapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after total knee replacement or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help maximize your treatment goals. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for the therapist to adjust your treatment plan.
Who pays for the treatment?
In most cases, health insurance will cover your treatment. Click on our insurance link above for a summary of insurances we accept and make sure you talk to our receptionist so we can help you clarify your insurance coverage.
Can I go to any physical therapy clinic?
In most cases, you have the right to choose any physical therapy clinic. Our clinic takes many different insurance plans; we can discuss your options through a quick phone call with our office manager. Our clinic may not be a provider for your insurance plan. You can still come to our clinic, but it likely that you will have to pay out-of-pocket for the treatments.The best thing to do is give us a call and we will attempt to answer all of your questions.
How should I dress?
You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can perform a thorough examination.
How does the billing process work?
Billing for physical therapy services is similar to what happens at your doctor’s office. When you are seen for treatment the following occurs:
1. The physical therapist bills your insurance company, Worker’s Comp, or charges you based on CPT (Common Procedure Terminology) codes.
2. Those codes are transferred to a billing form that is either mailed or electronically communicated to the payer.
3. The payer processes this information and makes payments according to an agreed upon fee schedule.
4. An EOB (Explanation of Benefits) is generated and sent to the patient and the physical therapy clinic with a check for payment and a
balance due by the patient.
5. The patient is expected to make the payment on the balance if any.
What will I have to do after physical therapy?
Some patients will need to continue with home exercises. Other patients will have completed their rehabilitation and can return to normal daily activities. Others may wish to to continue with a gym exercise program. It is important that you communicate with your therapist so he/she can assist you in creating long-term goals for you.